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Cherie Blair renews criticism of Church teaching on contraception

December 16, 2009

Cherie Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has again voiced her opposition to Catholic teaching on the immorality of contraception. Blair, who describes herself as a “devout Catholic,” wrote in The Tatler that contraception has been essential to the economic progress of African countries. “I hope the position of the Church will change on this,” she wrote. She dismissed the efficacy of natural family planning, saying that “it is better to go for contraception that works.”


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  • Posted by: JR - Dec. 17, 2009 7:35 AM ET USA

    Catholicism is a great religion, and it's for everyone. You can be devout by embracing the faith and living it, or You can be devout by calling Yourself "devout" while denying and criticizing the faith. The second option is useful for those public figures who wish to clothe themselves in piety, and to attack the Church with immunity from charges of religious bigotry. A very accommodating religion!

  • Posted by: Gaby - Dec. 16, 2009 8:28 PM ET USA

    I happen to know that contraception DOESN'T work! That was back in the day when I called myself a Catholic, but never bothered with the "devout" part. And since when is "economic progress" the standard by which we determine whether an act is moral or not?

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Dec. 16, 2009 6:10 PM ET USA

    Mrs. Blair demonstrates her lack of understanding of contraception and Natural Family Planning. She also mistakes attending Mass with being a devout Catholic.